Over the past two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to many parents postponing their children’s routine checkups and immunizations. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there was a 14% drop in vaccine ordering in 2020–2021 compared with 2019, while measles vaccine ordering was down more than 20% compared with 2019.
It’s essential to protect children’s health by catching up on recommended immunizations and checkups.
Parents can help protect their children against preventable diseases, like measles and chickenpox, by staying on top of recommended immunizations. Sutter Health Plus covers preventive services, including CDC-recommended immunizations, at no cost share.
Immunizations are available through network pediatricians, at Sutter Walk-In Care, and many network pharmacies (call ahead to check availability).
Regular well-child exams can help assess physical and emotional development, and overall health. In addition to performing a health and wellness check, primary care physicians can administer immunizations. Well-child preventive care exams, which include developmental screenings to diagnose and assess potential developmental delays, are covered at no cost share.
Members with doctors participating in My Health Online can create an account and log in to schedule appointments, access video visits, view test results, message their care team, and more.
As more entities expand indoor capacity and lessen masking mandates, and COVID-19 vaccines continue to be administered, it’s important that everyone remains vigilant and continues following safety protocols.